A new analysis of health care job growth, stimulated in large part by the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010, estimates that over the next 10 years the health care sector will see 4.6 million new positions, or a 31 percent increase from current employment levels, open up in the U.S. economy.
In the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report, “Affordable Care Act of 2010: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations,” people of color are expected to make up at least one-third of the U.S. health care workforce within a decade. With racial minorities already comprising one-third of the health care workforce, the report says it’s likely that people of color will hold and possibly exceed this current share given that much of the job growth will be in low –and mid-skill positions where minorities are now well-represented.
“As insurance coverage expands under ACA, people will increasingly access health care services, particularly primary care services. A corresponding increase in the supply of health care workers is likely to be necessary to meet the increase in the demand for health care services,” the report says. <Read more.>